ROCKFORD (WIFR) – For the last time, the man accused of gunning down a sheriff’s deputy in 1974 has been denied parole.
It’s an infamous case. Theodore Bacino, now 77 years old, robbed the Poplar Grove State bank, kidnapped the president, and shot and killed deputy Michael Mayborne while trying to flee. Since he was imprisoned, he’s been up for parole more than 30 times.
Today, the prisoner review board voted to deny Bacino any further parole consideration through his scheduled release date in August of 2015.
WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced today that today he personally attended the protest hearing at the Dixon Correctional Center, where he objected to release on parole for Theodore Bacino.
77-year-old Theodore Bacino was convicted of First Degree Murder in the shooting death of Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Mayborne in 1974. Bacino robbed the Poplar Grove State Bank. He then abducted the bank president at gun point. Bacino later released the bank president and drove to the area of North Second Street in Loves Park. When police officers converged on the area, Bacino pointed his gun at a local man and ordered the man to drive him away. The man was able to escape, and Bacino started to run away. Bacino came across Deputy Mayborne. Bacino fired several shots at Deputy Mayborne, striking him twice. Bacino then approached and shot Deputy Mayborne at close range. Bacino was found guilty at trial and sentenced to 75 to 100 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Bacino’s criminal background included an earlier conviction for Armed Robbery.
Bruscato said, “Bacino’s release would open up deep wounds in this community and would deprecate the seriousness of this senseless killing.”
Also in attendance were members of the Sheriff’s Department, members of the State’s Attorney’s Office, and members of the Mayborne family.
Bacino’s sentence was entered pursuant to the former indeterminate sentencing system, under which a prison sentence consisted of a range of imprisonment and the prisoner would be considered for parole after serving a portion of the sentence. The Prisoner Review Board has the discretion to grant parole.
As of 1 February 1978, all prison sentences in Illinois are determinate, meaning that the convicted person is sentenced to a specific sentence. Determinate sentences are followed by a term of mandatory supervised release, which is similar to parole.
Theodore Bacino’s En Banc hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Springfield, Il. At that time the Prisoner Review Board will determine whether to grant parole.